Water Fun Activities for Kids


When the summer air is muggy and sidewalks are sizzling, water fun activities for kids keeps them cool and busy. Help kids break out of summer fussing and boredom with these wet and wild games and activities.

Turn on the hose, fill water balloons, or get out the ice and cups. Or take the inner tubes, beach balls and water guns into the pool. These kids activities are easy to organize to keep parents cool and un-frazzled, too.

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Hose Blaster Game

Turn watering the lawn into a water-blasting game of fun.

Water Balloon Battle

Make a balloon war more challenging by arming defenders with forks.

Summer Ice Melt-Off

See who can melt ice in a cup fastest using only their hands and fingers.

Pool Games

Turn basketball, tag, and target shooting into swimming pool games for summer fun.

Why just use a sprinkler when you can play a game while watering the lawn? Find out how on the next page.

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Hose Blaster Game

Watering the lawn can be a lot more fun if it's turned into the Hose Blaster Game. This water fun activity for kids takes a creative approach to the job instead of relying on a lawn sprinkler.

What You'll Need:

  • Water hoses
  • Rubber play balls
  • Stopwatch or watch with second hand

Step 1: Gather as many lightweight play balls as you can find -- any size or condition will do, even semi-flat or tiny ones.

Step 2: Use a disconnected water hose to make a five-foot circle in the middle of your grassy yard. Place all the balls inside the circle.

Step 3: Take another garden hose (this one connected) in your hands and turn the water on full-blast.

Step 4: Count to three, begin the ball-blasting action, and have your friend or parents start the watch.

Step 5: As soon as you clear every ball out of the circle, the clock stops.

If you play against friends, whoever has the best time wins. If you play against the clock, see if you can beat your own personal best. Don't forget to clean up the hoses and the balls when you're through.

Look at the next page to see how you can arm defenders with forks to make a water balloon battle more fun.

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Water Balloon Battle

Nobody has to tell you how much fun a water balloon battle can be when summer temperatures are soaring. But this water fun activity has a twist that can make the war more interesting for kids.

What You'll Need:

  • Water balloons
  • Hose
  • Grassy yard
  • Buckets
  • Plastic forks
  • Clean-up trash bag

Step 1: Divide players into two even teams. One side will be the offense and the other the defense. (Don't worry; you can switch after the first round.)

Step 2: The offense launches a water balloon barrage -- as many water balloons as players can send soaring in two minutes flat!

Step 3: The defense takes the wet and wild abuse without budging from their line. But here's the twist. Each member of the defensive team is issued a plastic fork. Defense players can reach out and pop the balloon before it hits them, if their aim is quick and true.

Step 4: The team with the most balloons across the defensive line (balloons missed by forks) wins the game.

Step 5: Don't forget to clean up the balloon bits after you finish your game.

This game is a lot more fun if you fill and place at least 100 water balloons for each side in buckets before you start the game.

Keep reading to learn about a hot-weather, ice-melting race for friends.

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Summer Ice Melt-Off

If you've ever wondered how quickly ice melts, the Summer Ice Melt-Off is a fun way to find out. This water fun activity for kids has friends racing to see who can cause ice in a cup to melt faster.

What You'll Need:

  • Partner
  • Paper cups
  • Waterproof marker
  • Ice
  • Water

Step 1: Mark each paper cup at the halfway point with a waterproof marker. That's how much water must remain in the cup to avoid being disqualified in the end.

Step 2: Stuff the cup with ice, and fill it to the top with water.

Step 3: Now it's your job to melt the ice faster than your opponent can, using only the swirling action of your fingers and the heat of your hands. And remember, the cup must remain at least half full, or you're out of the competition.

Look at the next page to find out how you can make basketball, tag and target shooting twice as much fun by turning them into pool games.

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Pool Games

Why just splash around when you can play pool games with your friends? These water fun activities for kids make yard games twice as much fun. Use your swimming pool as a court for water basketball, try the Marco Polo tag game, or do target shooting with water pistols.

What You'll Need:

  • Pool
  • Beach ball or rubber ball
  • Large inner tubes
  • Water guns

Step 1: For water basketball, start by blowing up a large inner tube and finding a beach ball or rubber ball that fits through the middle.

Step 2: Divide the players into teams.

Step 3: Players try to shoot the ball through the middle of the moving "hoop." Passing is allowed, and players can swim up to three strokes with the ball in one hand. Players may try to block shots, but they are not allowed to push or shove.

Step 4: To play Marco Polo, a player chosen as "It" closes his or her eyes while the other players spread out in the pool. Every time "It" calls out "Marco!" the other players must respond "Polo!" With eyes still closed, "It" chases other players and tries to catch them until all players are caught.

Step 5: For target shooting, set up floating targets like inner tubes, beach balls, or rubber duckies at one end of the pool. Shoot at them with water pistols. Assign points for each target according to difficulty. Allow each player to shoot until the pistol is empty. Score points for each target hit.

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